Albuquerque by way of Las Vegas is like detox by way of a binge; it takes a while to come back to your baseline. Nearly 24 hours after landing at Sunport International Airport I feel like myself again. And I particularly like the self looking out over the Sandia Mountains in a small village in the North Valley of Albuquerque.
Our digs for the next four days are the farms and once private estate of the Simms family turned Inn that is Historic Los Poblanos Ranch. A working farm growing organic produce and lavender, the Ranch’s mission is to preserve its fields, gardens and New Mexican art and architecture through sustainable practices. As a nationally recognized model for preservation involving the public and surrounding community, I’d say they’re doing a bang up job.
For all the fun, frivolity, excess and extravagance that one can enjoy – even appreciate – about Las Vegas, at Los Poblanos the only sound lulling me to sleep besides the snap, crackle and pop of wood burning in the kiva fireplace was that of sweet, blessed silence.